ST. LOUIS — The Golden Girls followed the lives of four older women in Miami, Florida. Legend has it the show, which took place in the Sunshine State, has a connection to the Show-Me State.
The Executive Artistic Director of the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Carrie Houk, has spoken to many scholars who believe the TV show was inspired by a play called, "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur." It was on stage at the Grandel Theatre last May.
Dorthea, Body, Helena and Sophie lived together in “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur,” written by Tennessee Williams in 1979. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia lived together in “The Golden Girls,” which originally aired in 1985.
While there’s no proof that The Golden Girls was in fact inspired by this play set in St. Louis, Houk says, “These women at the end of the day need their friendship more than anything."